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Rhinos Foundation supports local cancer program

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 01/09/2014

Thanks to the support of the Rhinos Foundation, six new chairs delivered to the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - River Falls have some special add-ons to make infusion therapy more comfortable for patients.

"It is not uncommon for a patient to be in a chair for 8 hours," explained Amy Cernohous, the cancer program's nurse navigator. "These patients are dealing with physical, mental and spiritual stressors. Now they have the ability to melt some of that stress away with the heat and massage built into these new treatment chairs. We are so happy to be able to offer this option to our patients!"

The nearly $4,000 contribution was funded with proceeds of the Rhinos' annual golf tournament, held each July at a golf course in the River Falls area.

"The Rhinos Foundation was started in 1991, in memory of River Falls High School graduate Mike Prine," said Rhino representative Mike Miller. "While the vast majority of the funds we raise are given directly to local families fighting cancer, we are also proud to fund some of the extras that really make a difference for those receiving care at the cancer center here in River Falls."

Cernohous and Miller are pictured trying out the new chairs, which also provide added comfort options such as head rests, side rests, larger tray tables and foot support. More information about the Rhinos Foundation is online at

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

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